CITY OF TWENTYNINE PALMS OPENS COOL CENTER AS HEAT INCREASES

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch in effect from Sunday morning through Monday evening. As summer approaches and daily temperatures begin to climb into the 100s, Twentynine Palms residents can keep cool at the newly remodeled Senior Center in downtown Twentynine Palms. The center has been designated as a cooling center. The Senior Center is air conditioned and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Should the heat index reach 115 degrees or other conditions or emergencies necessitate, the building will be open for additional hours and on weekends to serve as an emergency cooling center. The building is also equipped with a generator in case of power outages. While the Senior Center serves lunch Monday through Friday, food is not available at other times. Pets are not allowed at the cooling center. The Senior Center is located at 6539 Adobe Road, across from the fire station. For more information, call 760-367-5780.

JOSHUA TREE DRUG COURT GRADUATIONS TONIGHT

The Drug Court Program run by the Joshua Tree Superior Court will hold their formal graduation tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the program is changing lives and reuniting families…..
Drug courts are one of the country’s most successful programs in the criminal justice system. Low-level, non-violent drug offenders are given the option to participate in the 18-month program, in which they make regular court appearances in the Joshua Tree Superior Court before Judge Rodney Cortez, submit to regular drug testing, attend counseling sessions, self-help meetings, and get help with completing their education or finding a job. According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, every dollar invested in drug courts saves an estimated $27 in criminal justice costs. The Joshua Tree 19th annual drug court graduation ceremony will be held at 5:30 tonight in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center. For reservations, call 760-366-8641.

MARINE HARRIER JET CRASHES IN IMPERIAL

A Marine Harrier jet crashed into a residential area of Imperial, California, and destroyed two homes yesterday, but authorities say no one was injured. The Harrier AV-8B went down in a front yard on a neighborhood street of tightly packed houses at 4:20 p.m. in the city of about 15,000 near the U.S.-Mexico border, about 90 miles east of San Diego.

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Credit: The Imperial Valley Press

The pilot ejected safely and was taken to an area hospital for evaluation and released. Marine Lt. Col. John Ferguson said debris from the plane hit the roof of one of the houses, which was destroyed, the subsequent explosion and fire destroyed another house and badly damaged one more. The house that suffered the brunt of the damage had a missing roof but still had walls and windows intact.

GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH PRORGAMS IN LUCERNE VALLEY

As a public service, Z107.7 News is publicizing the availability of a wide range of programs that focus on areas of mental and behavioral health. Today, Reporter Dan Stork describes the Lucerne Valley General Mental Health program…
The General Mental Health Outpatient program in Lucerne Valley is committed to developing culturally and linguistically competent services. Mental health services include crisis intervention, assessment/referral, individual/group therapy, medication support, case management, drug/alcohol and psycho-educational workshops. Services are provided for children, youth, adults and older adults. For more information, contact Lutheran Social Services, 32770 Old Woman Springs Road, Suite C; Lucerne Valley, 92356, or call 760-248-6612.

YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER TO HONOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce will honor local residents and businesses at the Chamber’s installation dinner July 10. The 2014 Chamber Member of the Year award goes to Jennifer Collins Farmer’s Insurance Agency. The Morongo Basin Heart and Soul Award goes to Lynn Vest. The 2014 Business of the Year will be awarded to Pacific Western Bank. Sue Tsuda of the Center for Healthy Generations will be honored as the Unsung Hero of the Year. Cheryl Nankervis will be honored with the 2014 Chairman’s Award. And Sue Earnest and Chelsie Shirley will be honored as the 2014 Yucca Valley Town Employees of the Year. The Chamber of Commerce will install its new officers during a Cuban-themed dinner. Entertainment will be provided by ventriloquist Roy Ortega. Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce, located inside the California Welcome Center in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-365-6323.

REACH OUT TO SPONSOR OPENING NIGHT GALA AT THEATRE 29

The hard-working and talented volunteers at the Morongo Basin’s only full-time community theater are rehearsing for the June 29 opening of “A Doll’s House”. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the opening night Gala will be sponsored by Reach Out Morongo Basin…
“A Doll’s House,” a classic drama by Henrik Ibsen, will open Friday, June 20, under the direction of Theatre 29 veteran and Desert Theatre League award-winner Kurt Schauppner. The opening night gala will begin at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Desserts will be served during intermission. Tickets for the opening night gala only are $20 each and will be available at the Twentynine Palms at Reach Out offices, the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, Downtown offices of the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, at the Z107.7 Studios, and the Yucca Valley Senior Center. “A Doll’s House” tells the story of Nora Helmer, a seemingly contented housewife and mother, who comes to realize her life is not as idyllic as she previously thought. This show is sponsored by Reach Out Morongo Basin, the neighbors-helping-neighbors organization, and all proceeds will benefit this organization. For more information call 760-361-4151.

GLASS OUTHOUSE CELEBRATES ITS 5TH ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery will hold its fifth anniversary celebration this Saturday, June 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. The featured artists will be Tami Wood and Snake Jagger. The Glass Outhouse is located on Thunder Road, just off Highway 62, east of Twentynine Palms.

CHALLENGER BRITISH SOCCER CAMP OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A unique soccer camp is being offered by the Morongo Basin Youth Soccer Association. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more on the Challenger British Soccer Camp…
The Morongo Basin Youth Soccer Association is bringing British coaches to its soccer camp this summer. All kids who register by Friday, June 6, will receive a free camp T-shirt and a soccer ball. The soccer camp will be held July 21-25 at the Brehm Sports Park in Yucca Valley, and will offer camps for children ages 3 to 4; 4 to 5; and 6 to 16. Registration fees range from $70 to $110, depending on age of the child. For more information or to register, go to challengersports.com, or call Nick at 760-849-4111.